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Milwaukee plans to extend streetcar route before convention

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee officials plan to extend the city's streetcar route to the Wisconsin Center District convention hall in time for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The Journal Sentinel reports that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Wednesday unveiled plans to add 2.4 miles to the 2.1-mile streetcar system known as The Hop. The expansion includes about a half-mile extension to Wisconsin Avenue, where convention facilities are located.

Barrett says that he has wanted to extend the streetcar into other neighborhoods and the convention is the "vehicle to do it." The mayor says the streetcar still has its detractors but adds that most people he talks to want a bigger route. The system now includes five streetcars and 18 stations.

The plans must first be approved by the Common Council.

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